Coronavirus

Wellbeing: Supporting students who have to self-isolate

16 September 2020

With potential this year for individuals or groups of pupils to be sent home from school at very short notice due to Covid-19, a new pastoral challenge will be supporting the wellbeing of those students affected. Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises



Spotting the signs: 10 mental health challenges post-Covid

13 September 2020

What kind of wellbeing and mental health issues will some students be presenting with this term and what signs should we be alert for? Dr Pooky Knightsmith considers 10 challenges we are likely to in the coming weeks and months – and what we can do to help


Covid: Making remote learning work in the months ahead

8 September 2020

As the fight against coronavirus continues, remote learning is here to stay and must now be adapted and embraced as part of our range of teaching and learning approaches this academic year. Al Kingsley advises


Domestic abuse: The hidden legacy of the pandemic

2 September 2020

Domestic abuse in the family can have significant implications for the welfare and wellbeing of young people – and lockdown has seen a dramatic rise in cases. Sara Alston looks at what we can expect as pupils return in September


Student attendance and Covid: A legal view

2 September 2020

Despite the pressure building on government to scrap fines for non-attendance, the rules remain in place for the term ahead. So – do headteachers have to seek fines for parents who do not send their children back to school? We asked legal expert Karen Holden for her view


Remote learning: Creating safe digital ecosystems

25 August 2020

Remote and online learning is likely to be with us for some time as the Covid-19 fight continues. As such, we must continue to prioritise esafety. Al Kingsley asks how we can promote and deliver safer digital ecosystems in schools and better develop pupils’ digital citizenship




Effective remote education: A case study

10 July 2020

The migration to a world of online learning since March has challenged us all. From digital break-out rooms to escape game challenges, principal Shane Ierston discusses his school’s work and the approaches that they have found to be effective


Education post-Covid: Our principles of recovery

8 July 2020

At the Unity Schools Partnership, the pandemic hiatus has provided an opportunity to re-evaluate and focus on what really matters in education. Yvonne Gandy looks at the trust’s principles of recovery



Student trauma and wellbeing post-lockdown

22 June 2020

When pupils leave lockdown, and return to school it is anticipated that staff will face a range of pastoral, wellbeing and behaviour issues. Teacher and mental health first-aider Amy Sayer considers the challenges that lie ahead...



Year 6 to 7: Answering the transition challenge

21 June 2020

Primary to secondary transition is always challenging for students, who face the double whammy of anxiety and learning loss. The impact is felt particularly keenly in maths. Colin Hegarty offers his advice


How can we talk about death?

17 June 2020

As schools begin to re-open to more students, we will need to deal with conversations about death, bereavement and grief. In this article, teacher Zinnia Wilkinson explains how she worked with her students after the death of her daughter


A school leader in the time of Covid-19: Five leadership lessons

15 June 2020

The challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic are some of the most difficult school leaders will ever face. Continuing her focus this year on leadership lessons learnt from experience and professional reading, Caroline Sherwood considers five relevant leadership lessons


Coronavirus: On the wrong side of the digital divide

10 June 2020

What does the research say about the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on potential gaps in learning – and about how schools can best support students and their families with remote education – especially those on the wrong side of the digital divide? Dr Beng Huat See considers the evidence



Safeguarding and mental health: Reintegrating your pupils

1 June 2020

As school leaders welcome more pupils back into school, safeguarding will be at the forefront of planning. Bethany Eadie looks at what to cover in your staff safeguarding update so that your team feels prepared and confident to support pupils as they reintegrate






The virtual staffroom: Morale and engagement during lockdown

6 May 2020

During lockdown, we must not neglect staff morale and wellbeing. Denise Barrows looks at how school leaders can deepen trust and connections with and between staff. She considers our one-to-one interactions and how to build a virtual staffroom environment

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